In Puerto del la Cruz, you can find the Botanic Garden whose official name is Jardínde Aclimatation de La Orotava on the hillside. It was Puerto’s first tourist attraction.  The district is the most upscale barrio in the city.

It was created by King Carlos III in 1788 to acclimatize species brought from the tropics with a suitable climate. It was Don Alonso de Nava y Grimon, the 6th Marquis of Villanueva, who was in charge of building the botanic garden. In 1792 the first plantations of trees and shrubs began. The autonomous government of the Canary Islands took over the running of the garden in 1983.

The botanic garden is home to more than 200 different species of plants and trees from all over the world.  It contains tropical and subtropical trees, plants, and flowers that are beautiful and merit interest, with special emphasis on varieties of palms.

There is no guided tour at the gardens it is jungle left to its own devices. The garden has an area of 20,000 square meters It is home to a specialised library, a herbarium with 30,000 specimens, and a nursery, making it an important research centre and is being expanded to triple its size.  There is a small lily pond with turtles and a fountain.

Open every dayfrom 09.00-18.00 (19.00 in summer) entrance €3

Calle Retama, 2
38400 Puerto De La Cruz (Tenerife), Spain
Tel: 922-389-287